The grunt of the pitch, the smack of the bat, the smells and sounds of the ballpark. Ah, one sure sign of spring is the beginning of baseball season. Baseball has been called America's pastime because, in the 19th and early 20th centuries, it was literally how America passed the time. Also, baseball is said to have been a variation of rounders, an earlier game once played in Ireland and Great Britain. Here from The Sun's archive are photos of local high school players who made it to the major leagues. Top left, 1991, Dracut's Mark Deschenes delivers a pitch; top right, 1983, Billerica's Hall of Famer Tom Glavine; bottom left, Gary DiSarcina of Billerica prepares to throw out a runner; bottom right, Wilmington pitcher Jason Beré throws some heat from the mound. Did you play little league, high school or college baseball? We'd love to see your photos. Please email to ctierney@lowellsun.com along with description and we'll post to The Sun's Facebook page.

If you have a historical photo you would like The Sun to publish, please email it, with a description, to news@lowellsun.com.